The Zebra Crossing Illusion!

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There’s nothing quite like an optical illusion to spark the imagination… or a debate online.

In previous years, we have engaged in fierce debates regarding viral illusions that read like the back catalog of a Nancy Drew-inspired puzzle mystery series: The Colorful Conundrum of That Dress, The Jacket That Baffled The Internet, The Mystery of How Many Girls?, and The Curious Case of the Shiny Legs.

And now, there’s a zebra photograph that’s playing tricks on viewers.

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This photo, taken in Kenya at the Maasai Mara national game reserve by wildlife photographer Sarosh Lodhi, was shared on Twitter, and he asked a supposedly simple question:

Which zebra is the one facing the camera?

And yes, those with good memories may recall that this isn’t the first zebra-related optical illusion we’ve posted on the blog, but I do think it’s the most challenging.

Some solvers focused on the folds in the left one’s neck, or the position of its ears, to determine which was the zebra in question.

Others found ample evidence to believe it’s the zebra on the right.

A few even posited that they thought it was a trick, and there was a third one in the middle facing the camera.

So, which do you think it is, fellow puzzlers and PuzzleNationers?

Here’s the photo again, with some space to think, before we share the answer:

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Are you sure?

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Last chance to turn back!

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Okay, here we go! Did you guess left or right?

The correct answer, according to the photographer himself…

Is the zebra on the left.

How did you do? Did you get it right? Or are you still convinced there’s trickery afoot? Let us know in the comments section below! We’d love to hear from you.


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